IRCC announced category-based selection for newcomers working in transport occupations

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transport occupations

On September 18, 2023, IRCC, Marc Miller, announced the first category-based draw in the Express Entry system for newcomers with work experience in transport occupations. 

This initiative focuses on attracting skilled workers in the transport sector, including truck drivers, pilots, and aircraft assembly workers. The goal is to address labor shortages and support economic goals by inviting candidates with specific work experience or French language ability to apply for permanent residence. 

Canada’s Express Entry system provides a streamlined pathway for skilled individuals in critical fields. By prioritizing the invitation of skilled newcomers in transport occupations, Canada aims to meet the demand for talent and fill key positions that contribute to economic growth.

Jobs For Transport Occupations Category

For candidates with transport job experience, the following occupations are eligible for the Express Entry draw:

OccupationsNOC Codes
Aircraft Assemblers and Aircraft Assembly Inspectors93200
Transport Truck Drivers73300
Railway Traffic Controllers and Marine Traffic Regulators72604
Engineer Officers, Water Transport72603
Deck Officers, Water Transport72602
Air Traffic Controllers and related occupations72601
Air Pilots, Flight Engineers, and Flying Instructors72600
Aircraft Mechanics and Aircraft Inspectors72404
Railway Carmen/Women72403
Managers in Transportation70020

– The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship stated:

“As the Canadian economy expands, we are committed to improving transport and infrastructure to ensure the safe and efficient movement of goods and passengers across the country.” We can invite newcomers with experience in transport occupations to fill large labor gaps and assure the future prosperity of the Canadian transportation sector by using category-based selection. I eagerly await the arrival of more talented workers to our country, as their knowledge and expertise will be crucial in meeting our labor market needs.” 


Eligibility Requirements for Transport Occupations Category

To be eligible to apply under the Transport Occupations Category, you must meet the following requirements:

  • Meet the requirements of one of the Express Entry streams, such as the Federal Skilled Worker Programme, the Federal Skilled Trades Programme, or the Canadian Experience Class.
  • Have at least 6 months of full-time, continuous job experience in a profession targeted for the Transport Occupations Category in Canada or abroad during the last 3 years.
  • Complete all of the requirements outlined in the round’s instructions.

About the Express Entry category-based selection

On May 31, 2023, the Government of Canada launched a category-based selection for Express Entry, allowing IRCC to invite prospective permanent residents with specific skills, training, or language ability.  This year, invitations will focus on candidates with strong French language proficiency or experience in: 

  • healthcare, 
  • STEM professions, 
  • trades, 
  • transport, 
  • agriculture, and 
  • agri-food. 

Category-based selection supports Canada’s commitment to welcoming skilled workers into communities nationwide. Click here to complete details about Express Entry Category base selection.

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